cherubim air line bicycle's framework rolls like a wave cherubim air line bicycle's framework rolls like a wave
nov 28, 2016

cherubim air line bicycle's framework rolls like a wave

 

this exquisite bicycle was created by cherubim, the supplier to the japanese national cycling team at the 1968 olympic in mexico city. the company was founded in 1965 by hitoshi konno, and his son, shinichi konno, is now carrying forward its legacy of sculptural steel-frames. konno–who is a master builder–continues to incorporate japanese artistic style into modern steel bikes, and the company’s ‘air line’ is widely regarded as one of the most eye-catching bicycles in the world.

cherubim air line bicycle designboom
forms avoiding all right angles

 

 

featuring a graceful red coat, the cherubim ‘air line’s’ minimalist form is designed to avoid any right angles or ‘hard edges’ that causes air-resistance in conventional bicycles. instead, it rides on undulating lines and elongated ellipses. while the sculptural form gives the impression that it’s a gallery work of art, this bike is made for fast riding. as the name may suggest, aero dynamics has been a central focus during this project, pushing the boundaries of physics in the hope of reaching new possibilities in terms of speed. 

cherubim air line bicycle designboom
evolution of the steel frame

 

 

 
‘aerodynamics is the largest theme in bicycle history all the time’, says shinichi konno. he continues,‘cherubim created this bike by breaking the regulations and traditional concepts, because we believe this is the only way to expand the horizon of bicycle design. we’re too wedded to the traditional diamond-shaped bike, air line presents the new possibility for the race like the hour record and velodrome time trials.’

cherubim air line bicycle designboom
master builder shinichi konno

 

 

cherubim’s workshop, based in a corner of tokyo, believes that the origin of making things is in its own human hands. with this fundamentalist approach, its craftsmen can be found working in the ever-flickering bike lights of the studio. 

cherubim air line bicycle designboom 

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    technology news